Steroids and Hall of Fame Essay

1644 Words Oct 29th, 2011 7 Pages
Everyone’s SAFE “Steroids and the Hall of Fame”

“Going, Going, Gone, Home Run!” everyone knows what this means when an announcer says it. The game of baseball is a different sport, unlike basketball and football; you do not necessarily need strength to be dominant. So, why are steroids a big issue in baseball? Steroids, in particular, anabolic steroids, build up cellular tissue or muscle. However, they do not give you the necessary skills to play the game. I am almost certain the world’s strongest man could not hit a home run on a major league field, so why punish those who have used steroids? Steroids are not like magic and transform and average man
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On television the players make it look easy but, there is a lot of practice and dedication done to make this happen. Also, there is no steroid that is going to guarantee you hit the ball every single time. Baseball players train for hours working on their swing, hitting the ball over the fence is not something that happens over night. Also, if you look into the future forty or fifty years, I think it is quite likely that every citizen will routinely take anti-aging pills every day (as cited in Weir & James, 2009). If this is this case, then forty to fifty years later people will look back on baseball and not care if an athlete used steroids.

There has been no precise evidence that can relate steroids to Hall of Fame performance. I do agree that steroids will help an athlete a little but, it will not give them all star numbers. For example, steroids will not turn a Minor League player to a first ballot Hall of Famer. It is just not logical, the game of baseball is too complex and there are many other factors other than strength that makes an athlete great. Steroids would give an athlete more power but, even power will not lead to a drastic increase in performance. Not all hard hit baseballs go over the fence for home runs. To best measure power in baseball, they look at the players’ total bases per hit, this is how many bases you get to after you hit the ball. For instance, if you hit